In The News For August 10, 2018

Police would like to warn the public about a recent series of distraction thefts, frauds and robberies that have occurred in Ottawa and other cities across Ontario. The suspects approach victims on the side of the road, parking lots, or outside their homes under the pretense of asking for assistance, either with directions or help. The suspects then distract, fraudulently scam, and/or forcefully remove the victim’s jewelry, depending on the circumstances.  Suspects are described as middle-aged men and women, Middle Eastern, and heavyset. They are usually driving vehicles during the incident.  Police are asking for people to remain vigilant as to their surroundings and immediately report any similarly suspicious encounters to the Police Service and to be please be mindful and cautious with persons who are offering the unsolicited sale or exchange of jewelry.


Today is Prisoners Justice Day and former inmates and their supporters will take the opportunity to push for a memorial at an
infamous women’s prison. The former Kingston Prison for Women closed in 2000 and is awaiting redevelopment. The group — which includes former prisoners — calls the need for public remembrance and collective healing urgent. It was criticized for its brutal environment almost from the time it was built in the 1930s until it closed 18 years ago.



Police say an Ottawa man accused of uploading child porn to the internet will appear in court today. Ottawa Police say they began investigating reports of child porn in December of last year, and yesterday they executed a search warrant. They say a 33-year-old man is charged with possessing, accessing and distributing child pornography. He also faces a charged of making written child pornography.



Major credit-card companies have struck an agreement with the federal government to trim the fees they charge to merchants — but retailers don’t seem impressed. The Trudeau government says it has reached voluntary, five-year deals with Visa, MasterCard and American Express to cut fees by about 10 basis points. But the Retail Council of Canada says the cut is pretty small, amounting to just 100-dollars worth of savings for businesses for every 100-thousand worth of credit-card sales



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